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KGWA Local News Wednesday

CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night voted to  apply for a loan to fund replacing the aging waterline that goes through Enid’s Southern Heights neighborhood. The city will now move forward with applying for a loan of up to $4 million with an immediate 25% forgiveness from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. The water board possibly will consider the loan application as soon as its next meeting, scheduled for mid-January in Oklahoma City. The waterline project, estimated at $1.8 million, is set to go out to bid early next year, with construction starting in early spring.


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CM)--An Enid man received a 40-year sentence, with 35 years to serve in prison, on a charge of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 12 years old. He was charged with molesting a 5-year-old girl at an Enid residence. Enid News and Eagle reports 23 year-old Newton John Lefthand Clark was charged with the felony count in September 2020, and pleaded no contest on Oct. 12 of this year. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered.


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CS)--A 27-year-old Enid man was arrested on a complaint of child abuse Tuesday after admitting to hitting a 7-month-old boy in the face. Delbert Franklin Davis Jr. was arrested by Enid Police Department detectives and booked into Garfield County Detention Facility on the felony complaint. On Monday, patrol officers and detectives responded to an Enid daycare facility concerning the abuse of the child. Officers and detectives met with a caseworker from Department of Human Services and found that the 7-month-old boy had a visible slap mark on his face. It was learned that Davis, boyfriend of the child’s mother, was to have been babysitting when the injury occurred. EPD officials said when interviewed by police about the boy’s injury Davis reportedly initially denied any involvement, but later in the interview, he admitted to hitting the boy.


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CN)— Thirty-four virus-related deaths and 1,482 newly confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the state since Tuesday, according to daily numbers released late this morning by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Currently, 12,334 Oklahomans are considered active cases in the state, with 717 people currently hospitalized in Oklahoma for treatment of the virus.


Situation Update: COVID-19

Data shown are preliminary and subject to change
as additional information is obtained


COVID-19 Cases


New Cases


New Cases 7 day Average


Active Cases


CDC/NCHS Provisional Deaths




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CS)--In observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Animal Welfare, Enid Public Library, and the Recycle Center will be closed Thursday through Saturday, and again Friday, December 31st, and Saturday, January 1st. The Enid Public Transit will not be operating on these days as well. All trash routes will remain the same for both holidays. There will be no changes to trash schedules. The landfill will be closed on Saturday, December 25th and January 1st, but will be opened with operating hours Thursday, Friday, and Friday, December 31st. The Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Saturday, December 25th and Friday, December 31st.

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RC)--City of Enid Street officials said there will be a road closure located in the 1800 block of North 16th and will be closed to traffic beginning Monday. This closure is expected to last approximately three weeks and will allow contractors to complete concrete repairs. Motorists are encouraged to follow posted traffic control signs and to drive with caution in this area during the construction effort.


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NY)--Gaslight Theatre will host a community New Year's Eve party on Friday, December 31 from 9:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m. at the Stride Center grand ballroom. The theme for the event is Steampunk - Where the Past Meets the Future. Steampunk is a style of design and fashion that combines vintage elements with technology. Attendees are encouraged to wear Steampunk themed costumes, but it is not required. There will be dancing and a cash bar, with a champagne bar for the midnight toast. Tickets are $75, two for $125, or tables for 6 are $375 and can be purchased at gaslighttheatre.org or in the box office at 221 N. Independence.


Gaslight Theatre, a non-profit organization, is in its 55th season and is one of the most active community theaters in the state of Oklahoma, putting on productions throughout the year, including their annual free Shakespeare in the Park. They host children's drama camp every summer and have an active teen program.





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